25-year-old Shehnaz lives in Kalwa, a community in Mumba, India. In 2016, her husband died in an accident. She was six months pregnant and Shehnaz spiralled into depression.
Her parents were desperately worried about Shehnaz and her future and asked advice from a Vision Rescue community worker who had come for a regular home visit to see Shehnaz’s five-year-old cousin Ali, who was part of their Kingergarten program. The community worker counselled Shehnaz and advised her to join vocational class to help her focus on something she enjoyed. Shehnaz began a tailoring course and through learning new skills and the encouragement of her teachers, she has been able to rise out of the cloud of depression.
Shehnaz began receiving regular work from Vision Rescue and also completed a computer studies course, further adding to her skills and remarkably has now secured a job with the State Bank of India.
Vision Rescue’s community workers are dedicated to the wellbeing and wholeness of the vulnerable in their communities and actively seek to provide pathways that will empower individuals, children and families.
With support from her parents and the continued guidance and encouragement from Vision Rescue community workers she been able to care support her now three-year-old daughter, and decided agreed to take care of her younger siblings and cousin Ali. The future is full of hope and possibility for this intelligent and courageous woman and her daughter. She is depression free and happy.
Your giving to the Hillsong Foundation and through Heart for the House this year, will go towards Vision Rescue’s work in communities like Shehnaz’s, bringing literal life-changing possibilities to families that just need a breakthrough.